Published: July/August 200648 HOURS
Istanbul Destination Guide
Photo: Istanbul
Couples break for sunset at Junior bar located on the Galata Bridge.
Photo by Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

Istanbul clings to its ancient past as it surges into the future as a modern metropolis.

In the July/August 2006 issue of Traveler, Raphael Kadushin visits Istanbul, the fast-growing Turkish city sprawling across two continents. A perennial boomtown, Istanbul welcomes some 400,000 migrants each year.

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